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Award in Information and Communication Technology Law

Detailed Information

Starting Date:02 April 2025
Time:17:30 till 20:30hrs
Lectures Days:Wednesdays
Duration:7 sessions - Part Time
Contact hours:20 of 100 total learning hours
MQF/EQF Level5
Delivery Language:English
Trainer:Dr Veronica Campbell
Dr Alexia Valenzia
Get 70% Refunded through the Get Qualified Scheme

This study programme shall provide a comprehensive outline of local and European information technology and data protection law. The two fields of law are significantly intertwined in this day and age where most data collection occurs electronically and therefore a sound understanding of basic information technology law will aid participants in further understanding the important of data privacy and protection, especially in terms of the introduction of the GDPR, which has taken the EU (and arguably, the world) by storm in a craze to get in line with new rules on personal data privacy.

Participants will study the continuing and developing need to regulate the use of IT, particularly in light of cybercrime and cybersecurity. The unit will also address various issues relating to rights and freedoms of IT use and why the regulation thereof is often necessary, and what safeguards exist to ensure that the law poses no impediment to the development of such technology, particularly in light of the increased incidence of electronic commerce in today’s day and age. This unit shall also consist of a practical study of the right to privacy, and shall allow participants to examine local data protection legislation vis-a-vis the GDPR, in contrast with previous legislation on the same subject. A concise overview of the most salient sections of the present rules will provide participants with the most common pitfalls which are still being faced. The implications of the GDPR on countries outside the European Union will also be analysed.

Who should attend?
Anyone interested in Information and Communication Technology, In-house lawyers, lawyers working in private practice, Data Protection Officers/Leads, and Compliance Officers.

2 Advanced level subjects at Grade C or better, and 3 Intermediate level subjects at Grade C or better. 1 of any of these subjects must be Maltese or English


3 Advanced level subjects at Grade C or better


Mature/Adult Learning Student (must be 23 when course starts) subject to an interview by the Head of the Academy.

There will be two assignments and students will have a choice – they will be able to choose 2 assignments out of 4.

By the end of the study proramme participants will have a better understanding of:

  • The basic principles of IT and data protection legislation;
  • The main aspects of local and European IT law and its pitfalls in light of consistent technological developments;
  • The relation between IT & data privacy law and legal/personal obligations (contract and tort);
  • IT and data privacy vis-à-vis human rights law;
  • The nature of electronic commerce, including e-contracts, e-signatures and related liability issues;
  • The concept, nature of and necessity for data privacy and the need to protect it through legislation;
  • The distinction between data controllers and data processors, and overlaps thereof;
  • The notion of positive consent in data issues;
  • The role of local and inter-state IT crime & data protection authorities;
  • Data breaches, notification, reporting and risk management;
  • The application of IT and data protection and privacy law in jurisprudence.
The Malta Further and Higher Education Authority deems this Award to be at Level 5 in the Malta Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning.
Get Your Money BackEmployers can get their money back through
€332.50 will be refunded through the Get Qualified SchemeEmployers applying for the IIS Scheme under the 2nd Call will be eligible to receive a subsidy of €25.85 per trainee per hour in the case of training costs

Detailed Time Table

1. Introduction to IT and Data Protection Law – 2 April 2025
2. The implications of IT Law on legal processes (I) – 9 April 2025
3. The implications of IT Law on legal processes (II) – 30 April 2025
4. E-Commerce – 7 May 2025
5. An Introduction to Data Protection Legislation & Freedom of Information – 14 May 2025
6. The Foundational Concepts of Data Protection Law – 21 May 2025
7. Comparative analysis of common IT & data privacy laws within the EU – 28 May 2025

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